Jesus has warned before that the rich will have it hard at the entrance to the kingdom. Now he praises the poor widowâ€™s offering, and makes it clear that the standard measurement for assessing gifts is not how much we give to the work of God or how much we put in the offering plate, but how much we have left for ourselves. Those who give out of their abundance still have abundance left. And thatâ€™s a problem.
Can it really be that the poor are praised, that this widow is lifted up, because she gave every bit of money in her bank account? Is this what it takes to follow Jesus? Why this preference for poverty in Jesusâ€™ teaching?